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Sudden Outbreak of Burglaries in Plainview area

Some 20 break-ins reported recently; about half of them in Plainview and Old Bethpage alone.

A sudden outbreak of burglaries struck the Plainview area within a matter of days last week.

Nassau County Police reported 20 break-ins in leass than one week in the Second Precinct. More than half of those were reported in Plainview and Old Bethpage.

The sudden rash of incidents corresponds to the early onset of darkness. Similar strings of burglaries have taken place for the last two years in a row in the fall, right about the time we change back to Standard Time.

The reason, police say, is in part due to residents who don't leave lights on at home. Burglars watch homes, for days sometimes, to determine if the resident is away. Leaving lights on can be a major deterrent, police said.

In addition to the slew of burglaries, the Woodbury Capital One Bank was robbed Tuesday at gunpoint. Two men weilding a semiautomatic handgun entered the bank and took an unknown amount of cash before escaping. Read the full report and descriptions of the subjects at large here.

The Second Precinct reported the following crimes:

  • Nov. 28: Burglary; Southwood Circle, Syosset; cash, iPhone, jewelry stolen.
  • Nov. 28: Burglary; Barby Lane, Plainview; jewelry stolen.
  • Nov. 28: Burglary; Hope Drive, Plainview; cash stolen.
  • Nov. 28: Burglary; Haypath Road, Bethpage; cash, jewelry stolen.
  • Nov. 28: Burglary; Floral Avenue, Plainview; unknown loss.
  • Nov. 29: Burglary; Hampshire Drive, Farmingdale; jewelry stolen.
  • Nov. 29: Burglary; Roxbury Street, Farmingdale; jewelry, Christmas gifts stolen.
  • Nov. 30: Burglary; Jacob Road, Plainview; cash, jewelry stolen.
  • Nov. 30: Burglary; Cedar Avenue, Bethpage; TV, laptop, earrings, coin collection stolen.
  • Nov. 30: Burglary; Morton Boulevard, Plainview; five watches stolen.
  • Nov. 30: Burglary; Rim Lane, Hicksville; cash, XBox 360 stolen.
  • Nov. 30: Burglary; Audley Circle, Plainview; wedding band stolen.
  • Nov. 30: Burglary; Audley Circle, Plainview; jewelry stolen.
  • Nov. 30: Burglary; Grohmans Lane, Plainview; iPads, jewelry stolen.
  • Dec. 1: Burglary; Donald Drive, Syosset; watches, iPad stolen.
  • Dec. 1: Burglary; Loretta Drive, Syosset; jewelry, cash stolen.
  • Dec. 1: Burglary; Georgia Drive, Syosset; unknown loss.
  • Dec. 3: Burglary; Precott Place, Old Bethpage; attempted rear door entry, nothing stolen.
  • Dec. 3: Burglary; Melissa Lane, Old Bethpage; attempted rear door entry, nothing stolen.
  • Dec. 4: Burglary; Round Swamp Road, Old Bethpage; front window broken, nothing taken.
  • Dec. 4: Robbery; Capital One Bank, Woodbury; unknown amount of cash stolen.

  • John Smith December 10, 2012 at 09:56 AM
    Why the highest paid cops in the country can't catch these people?
    tj December 10, 2012 at 10:39 AM
    WTF.....this has been going on for a damn long time...I read all summer about plainview and break ins...They pay a ton in taxes....maybe instead of stealing those peoples tax money and sending it out of their town,,,,how about save some and use it on them......is it that hard to have 4 groups of 2 undercover patrolling the area????Either its a rich junkie or illegal from huntington...
    tj December 10, 2012 at 10:45 AM
    and watch out for those door to door people,,who ever..a child...anyone..they usually are scanning the area....the longer they are at your front door the more info they can get....lock types on doors,,windows,,,anything in house worth anything,, ..then the more they talk to you they have tactics to get more infro out of you...even of they get your first name they are down the block using it ...telling your neighbor they practically related to you
    Louis December 10, 2012 at 01:40 PM
    I love and live in Plainview and was both sad and shocked to find out that my neighbor across the street was one of those that were victimized. However, this can and has mhappened to the best of neighborhoods, it is that much more important for neighbors to watch out for each other. I wonder how many of us have video surveillance systems and for those who do, if we can add a camera that monitors that street in general, please respect the privacy of our neighbors, this will help record suspicious activities of the neighborhood and deter crimes on general. just a thought.
    G December 10, 2012 at 03:13 PM
    Joe- I heard the police made a couple of arrests in the Old Bethpage burglaries. Could you look into this and see if my information is correct and if the burglaries have continued since the arrests.
    G December 10, 2012 at 03:18 PM
    The last couple of years the majority of the burglaries have taken place on weekday evenings when nobody was at home. Entry was gained in most cases by forcing open a rear door or window. If you have a gate that locks, lock it so they can not get into the backyard as easily. If at all possible leave a car in the driveway, leave a light or two on and do not leave you mail in the mailbox. These are some things burglars will look for to assess whether or not someone is at home.
    Audrey Cohen December 10, 2012 at 04:03 PM
    what time of day did most of these burglaries happen? were house alarms on?
    Simba December 10, 2012 at 09:01 PM
    The bottom line is that they love our area because 1. We have numerous entries to parkways and LIE that make a quick getaway's possible 2. People are too comfortable giving out information over the phone. They can get much info simply asking when is the best time to call you. That means they learn when you are home and when you are not. 3. It is time to invest in security cams, the cost has dropped and I would doubt any would be thief would want his picture taken. 4. 20 break ins means they are not afraid of being caught. 5. I've said it once and I'll say it again, the lack of truly caring about your neighbors is severely lacking in this town. Just ask yourself when was the last time you went to check on someone when an ambulance or fire truck showed up next door. Probably ZIPPO. That explains it all to me.
    rick fuchs December 11, 2012 at 03:10 AM
    I have a house in Plainview and also work for corporate ADT Security Services. Feel free to call me at 516 302-5470 if you are interested in putting in an alarm or video surveillance system in your home. I will give great discounts to my Plainview people. Rick
    Charlie Mazzocchi December 11, 2012 at 03:37 AM
    You missed another break in on Glen Drive in Plainview on Sat 12/8

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